While not every wedding has them, couples have been adding games and activities to entertain guests at the reception. Some are meant to keep guests busy during cocktail hour, while others are designed to be enjoyed throughout the evening. If you’re thinking of including any games or activities during your wedding reception, check out these common ones:

The Shoe Game

One of the most popular choices, the shoe game entails the bride and groom sitting back-to-back, each taking off their shoes and giving one to the other person. Someone reads a list of questions to the couple about their relationship, and they each raise the shoe of the person they think best represents the question. Common examples include:

  • Who said “I love you” first?
  • Who is the better cook?
  • Who is more outgoing?

Bride & Groom Trivia

If you’re looking for a quick table game that engages guests, print out bride and groom trivia sheets for them to fill out at the start of the reception. Then later in the evening, someone can read the answers out loud—you can even include a prize for whoever gets the most, or all, correct. Ask questions like how you two met, what your favorite tv show is, your favorite foods, and so on.

Card/Board Games

The low-maintenance option when you’ve got other things to worry about: bring a few card or board games. You can include some simple options that are great for adults and kids, and they’ll keep them entertained before dinner and dancing start.

Photo Booth/Polaroids

Adding a photo booth or using Polaroid cameras at your reception is a fun way for you and guests to remember the day. If you have a guest book, you can ask them to put their pictures into the book along with a note. This is a sweet way to look back on this memorable day and be reminded of the love from your family and friends.

Marriage Advice Cards

For another activity that guests can do at their leisure, place blank cards at each table and ask everyone to write down a piece of marriage advice. You’ll likely get a mix of sweet and funny suggestions, and you can turn the cards into a guest book later on.

Wedding reception games and activities are a fun way for guests to interact with each other and for the happy couple to remember the day by. Stillwater Event Center is located in Stillwater, MN, the premiere wedding destination of the Midwest. Contact us to start planning your wedding ceremony or reception.